The GCFLearnFree.org program provides free tutorials on job search strategies, resume writing, job applications, interview skills and many technology subjects.
Online Tools for Job Searching
This is a large list of web-based tools from the Department of Labor that provide resources for unemployed workers, job seekers and career counseling professionals.
- Never use a job source that wants money from you.
- Be careful about Work from Home ads. They could be scams to get your personal information or to get your money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Hotels and travel agencies sometimes use Work from Home agents. Go to their website and look for those employment opportunities.
Using Job Titles & Qualifications
- Be broad and check the job descriptions. Just because you call yourself a construction worker doesn’t mean a handyman job wouldn’t suit you. If you find a job ad that fits, look for other similar jobs using those words.
- Look at the ad and customize your resume to match the words they used in the description. You might be in customer service, but if they are asking for a front desk technician, use that term instead.
- If the ad calls for a specific degree or license/certification, don’t bother applying if you don’t have it.
- Try to match at least 85% of the desired qualifications before you apply. Then go beyond their basic qualifications and tell them what additional services you could bring to make your resume stand out from the others. For example, if they ask for at least 5 years in customer service and you have 10, then make sure you put that in your application.
- Keep a notebook so if you register with a company, you can jot down the company name, your user name and password.